Laredo College has received a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to offer local businesses an opportunity to train workers during the pandemic.
Through the Skills Development Fund COVID-19 Special Initiative Grant, TWC will assist businesses in Texas in fast training to upgrade their employees’ current skills or train new employees in a new skill. Laredo College applied for the funding and was awarded the maximum $250,000 available under this initiative.
The trainings will be administered by the Laredo College Economic Development Center and the LC Continuing Education Department. The college works with representatives from the TWC Office of Employer Initiatives to apply for the funding and once the funds are awarded, they continue to provide support throughout the duration of the grant.
“Our Laredo College Economic Development Center and Continuing Education Department remain at the forefront of workforce training in our region,” Laredo College President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis said. “The pandemic has underscored the need for more worker retraining, and our institution is proud to be a vital part of the recovery of our small business community. These trainings will assist in the revitalization of our economy by equipping workers with new skills.”
The trainings will be targeted to three main industries: healthcare, logistics and any small business. However, our staff will assist any business that needs training. Specific courses will be offered for each industry and all will be able to benefit from customer service, COVID-19 related courses, professional truck driving and Microsoft Office management.
Businesses can train new and incumbent employees as well as their furloughed or laid-off employees. To apply for this training, a business must be current with all TWC employee taxes. Each qualifying employee can have up to $2,000 of training funds covered.
There is no limit as to how many employees can be trained for any business. This means that at least 125 employees will qualify, but the number may vary since not every employee will use the full amount allotted per employee. Trainings will be continuous until all funds are exhausted.
“The Laredo College Economic Development Center looks forward to bringing this wonderful opportunity to our local business community during this critical time,” Laredo College Senior Director of External Affairs Michael Gonzalez said. “I am incredibly proud of my team for constantly seeking out different available funding sources to better assist our community and strengthen workforce development and expansion in South Texas.”
For more information, businesses can send an email to email@example.com. An informational webinar will take place on Wednesday, March 3 at 10 a.m. Local employers interested in applying can register for the webinar can visit www.laredo.edu/edc and find the registration link under “COVID-19 Resources.”